The Benalla Breakers representative teams took to the courts on the weekend as part of the Annual BBA Junior Basketball Tournament and acquitted themselves extremely well.
The action kicked off Friday evening with a feast of games featuring nearly all age group teams, and the Breakers excelled on their home courts. Wins to the under-12 boys team, the two under-14 boys teams, the under-14 girls and the under-16 boys set the standard for the other teams to follow in what was an enjoyable evening of basketball. The positive results continued across the games played on Saturday and then into the finals on Sunday.
The under-12 boys put in one of the performances of the weekend, winning all of their pool games to make it through the Final where they took on the Albury Cougars on Sunday afternoon.
The Cougars showed they were a match for the quality Breakers team, getting out to an early lead in the final before the young Breakers boys put on a strong comeback with Montell MacFarlane and Jessie Liddington stepping up to lead the charge.
Albury responded and battled it out to hold onto their advantage at the final buzzer. The under-12 boys continue to show they will be a force in future tournaments, displaying great improvements each time they take the court.
In the under-14 boys, our Division 1 team also won through to the Final of their group after posting a three win to one loss record in the pool games.
They took on Echuca Pirates who looked to be the form team in the age group and were set to challenge the strong Breakers outfit.
Proving their ability to match it with the Division 1 teams, the Breakers held onto a small margin against the Pirates before they were able to level the scores at the end of the first half.
With strong crowd support from the Breakers fans in the stands the boys went out in the second half aiming to win their first Division 1 title on their home court.
The Breakers pulled away early in the second half before Echuca turned up the pressure causing a few turnovers and gaining the momentum back in their favour. The Pirates showed more desire in the final minutes and took the win by seven points.
The under-18 boys went down to the Swan Hill Flyers in their pool semi final on Sunday after showing positive signs going forward as they prepare for their Under-18 Championships later next month.
The highlight of the weekend for the boys was an impressive win against Deniliquin Giants on Saturday evening in which a large crowd at the Benalla Stadium was entertained by a confident and skilful Breakers team.
Overall the weekend was a great success for all the representative teams and the Benalla Basketball Association which again showed its ability to organise and manage such a positive event for the community.
The Benalla Basketball Association would like to thank all the volunteers who helped to make the weekend such a success and they appreciate the support from all the parents, friends and families who filled the stadiums on the weekend cheering on the Benalla Breakers teams.
Benalla Basketball Association’s domestic basketball autumn competition begun this week and will continue until June. If you would like more information regarding the competition visit the BBA Facebook page or email [email protected]